Friday, 9 September 2011
On how to get cheap laptops for a course in Uganda
Computer Aid, where you can get a dual core laptop for £85. As the course I am organizing is under a bit of a limited budget, and as I am a very lucky person surrounded by a generous world. I got 15 old not working IBM laptops from the FMI research institute in Basel, somehow I brought them over to the UK in an low-cost airline flight, and to the lab. (with the help of Marco Tripodi on the Swiss side, and Pedro Saavedra at the UK side). Then, with the invaluable help of Gerit Linneweber (see picture), we (rather, he), tested them, found what was wrong (most of the times either the main board, or the screen were the problem), exchanged pieces (mostly screens) of some of them with others, and managed to get 6 fully working laptops. So far the cost was nearly £0, well it cost me a bit to transport them, so lets say £20 per computer. We then needed to put some hard disk on them as they come without it due to security reasons. We bought some on ebay for £10 each. And voila! we got 6 working laptops for £30 each :) So this second option is cheaper, but I do not recommend it if you don't have a Gerit around.